I’m going to make this short and sweet. Hawaii is everything you’ll ever imagine it to be. From the movies of Lilo & Stitch, Moana, and Soul Surfer, everything you saw was true, minus the extraterrestrial animals and heart of Te Fiti. The waves were amazing, the views were so serene and the vibes were unreal. I was in an aloha state of mind, and nothing was going to get me out of it.
It was a family vacation with my mom, dad, and brother. Honestly, the best kind of vacation in my opinion. My favorite memories are made from trips like these, and I would highly recommend them!
Our family went to Kauai, also known as the garden island. It’s home to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon, the beautiful Na Pali Coast, and a ton of chickens. You heard me right, chickens. The “how did the chicken cross the road” jokes got old real quick, let me tell ya.
Snorkeling off of the Na Pali Coast
We went snorkeling, surfed, hiked, fished and cruised. Tanning wasn’t an option on this island and I came back the same color as I arrived. A nice shade of ghost. This vacation was nothing close to relaxing, there was always something new to do and see each day. I loved the adventure and go go go, but if you’re looking for something more laid back I would suggest prolonging your stay. Let yourself explore for the first week and then plant your butt in the sand for the next week.
What To See:
- Waimea Canyon
- Na Pali coast
- Poipu Beach (the most amazing sunrise)
- Koke’e State Park
- Hanapepe Valley
Unfortunately, when we went to Kauai most of the trails and beaches on the north side of the island were closed due to flooding. I was hoping to see Tunnels Beach, which is off of Makua Beach. People say it’s great for snorkeling, scuba diving and watching the sunset. If you have the opportunity to go when the trails are open I would explore and see the island for all of its beauty. There are also a ton of waterfalls all around the island that is an easy drive for people to see. A must!
Coconut pineapple shave ice at Good Vibes Shave Ice in Hanapepe
What To Do:
- Snorkel the Na Pali Coast
- Drive through Waimea Canyon
- Learn how to surf
- Visit the largest coffee farm in the U.S., The Kauai Coffee Estate
- Eat some bomb seafood
- Enjoy a luau
- Try some Hawaiian shave ice
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
-Go on a helicopter ride
This helicopter ride was unlike any other helicopter ride I’ve been on before. To see Kauai from a bird’s eye view is a life-changing experience. You get a chance to see the whole island, from the ocean to the canyon and more. My favorite part was flying into Hanapepe Valley to see Manawaiopuna Falls, the exact spot where Jurassic Park was filmed.
Pu’u O Kila Lookout in Koke’e State Park
Places To Eat:
This list has everything from açaí bowls to sushi and more! These were just some of my favorite places to eat while enjoying my time on the island. Many of these restaurants saw us twice during our stay since we loved the food and had to go back for more. I’d highly recommend stopping by Paco’s Tacos Authentic Mexican Food Inc. while you’re out and about. It’s a little roadside shack with great takeout food. Even better, you can grab dessert after at Good Vibes Shave Ice which is located directly next to the shack. If you’re wondering what to get, the coconut pineapple shave ice was my go-to!
Overall, this trip is up to you. I enjoyed a fun-filled, fast-paced vacation with my family. We wanted to see everything and that’s exactly what we did. We experienced island life, island time and island vibes. You might want something more relaxed and that’s fine with me! Take what you want from this, but hopefully, you enjoyed all the pictures and videos as much as I enjoyed experiencing them. Until my next vacation!
Fun fact: Humuhumunukunukuapau’a is the state fish of Kauai. Also, a song that is sung by your favorite High School Musical cast members, Sharpay and Ryan Evans.
See ya later:)
Jacqui M. Green